Stella Gardens - Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Stella Gardens is a beautiful, 2 + acre organic and biodynamic farm/garden, located in East Troy at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, a non-profit, 501c3. The gardens were established in 1984 as a place where where community could come together to peaceably and spiritually lead discussions on improving and preserving the quality of our farms and soils. Since 1997, Stella gardens has served as an outdoor classroom dedicated to training the next generation of young farmers, as well as those simply interested in learning about sustainable agriculture. We focus on intensive hands-on learning that builds knowledge, confidence, passion, and physical strength. Our small scale gardens provide an excellent setting for learning about composting, soil fertility and management, hand-building raised beds, hand-sowing, transplanting, cultivating, and harvesting. Our present goal is to move toward a more perennial-based growing system, while selling our produce at our farm stand and at farmer’s markets, to wholesalers and to schools. All of our produce is certified organic; we use no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers on our crops or soils.
For 2013, Stella Gardens is happy to host three full-season interns that will assist the garden manager with daily tasks and management. Antoine is from France, Flor is from Chicago, and Claire is joining us from Milwaukee. We also hope to have three workershares: Judy from Mukwonago, Kathy from East Troy, and Anna, who was an intern with us last year. Shawn is the garden manager and she is from Arizona and Colorado. Also working in the gardens are Jodie and Sandy. Sandy, coordinates a number of Master Gardeners to maintain the Little Green Thumbs project, which is a partnership between the East Troy School District, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Walworth County Master Gardeners Association and East Troy, FFA. Jodie is maintaining and establishing native perennial flowering plants is several locations in the gardens.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a non-profit organization with the mission to nurture the ecological, social and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development.
Our East Troy Location
W2493 County Road ES
PO Box 990
East Troy, Wisconsin 53120
Our Madison Location
16 N Carroll Street, Suite 810
Madison, WI 53703